Ring in the New Year with our First Day Hikes. All 36 Virginia State Parks have guided and self-guided hikes and other activities planned. If you're hiking, biking, horseback riding, or just strolling, come on out and get the blood pumping. No judgment here – you get to pick what fitness level and activity you feel comfortable doing!
It might be winter but it can still be scenic!
New this year is our Team Challenge. Here's all you have to do:
Find at least one other person
come up with a cool team name
sign up HERE
visit a Virginia State Park with your team on January 1, 2015
log back in and certify you participated no later than 9 p.m. EST Jan. 2, 2015
You'll be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of these prizes: team shares $500 in gift certificates, each team member gets an annual pass or each team member gets a First Day Hikes ball cap. Teams can be friends, family, church or civic groups.
Picture yourself here
We will also have our annual photo contest. This year I'm picking the winners and there is no contest site to mess with. To enter, upload no more than 3 pictures no later than midnight January 1, 2015 to:
ourFacebook pageand include the name of the park
tweet a picture and include@vastateparksand the name of the park
upload a picture to Instagram and add#vastateparksand the park name
if you aren't on social media, simplyemail methe picture with the name of the park you visited
As with all our photo contests, by entering the contest you give us license to use your photo in our marketing efforts.
This year, the winners of the photo contest will be selected based on the best portrayal of a First Day Hike. We are looking for great winter hiking photos or photos posed with enthusiastic hikers or at iconic views of our parks. Just an FYI, we prefer pictures of folks hiking where we see faces not backs. Prizes: week cabin stay, two night cabin stay, three night camping stay, annual pass, First Day Hike ball caps.
The first hundred First Day Hikes participants at each park will get a special First Day Hikes Bumper Sticker!
Don't procrastinate – sign up for the Team Challenge NOW!